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IT staff motivation: HR, tech leaders out of sync

Sure, there are many IT professionals out there who are happy to just have a job; but as we move into 2010 and enterprises begin to dust off delayed projects, is your IT staff motivated enough to stay?

I ask because I just read the Dice Report for February, which shows that corporate HR and technology leaders are clearly out of sync when it comes to IT staff motivation.

When asked about the biggest blockade to motivating their IT staff, the No. 1 answer from HR was, “None, our technology team is motivated.”

Tech leaders polled in the same survey said salary freezes and smaller raises were the biggest impediments to IT staff motivation.

I’m not hearing much about pay raises yet from IT folks. In fact, our IT salary and career survey for 2009 showed that salaries decreased from 2008 to 2009, but 458 of the 952 IT executives and managers we surveyed do expect a pay raise of about 4.7% this year.

Where does this leave CIOs? If companies aren’t acknowledging pay raises as a key motivator, what else can they do to raise the mood in their IT departments?

Training and defining a career path for your IT staff come to mind. Your IT staff needs to keep pace with an ever-changing landscape; and the cost of training could be justified as not only a motivational tool, but ultimately as a revenue generator for the business.

In the same vein, our CIO columnist Niel Nickolaisen points to the importance of providing IT staff with meaningful work when salary increases are not an option.

So, if salary increases and possibly training are out of the budget for now, what are you doing to motivate your staff? Let me know at ctorode@techtarget.com

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